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Re: Hard data on network impact of the "Code Red" worm?

  • From: Vijay Gill
  • Date: Tue Jul 31 02:52:27 2001

--On Tuesday, July 31, 2001 08:40 +0200 Hank Nussbacher <> wrote:

In this case, IMO, the hype was warranted.  If not for the 2 code errors
in  Code Red, this worm, using 300K zombies at 50Mb/sec each would have
hit the  Internet with about 15Tb/sec of aggregate traffic.  The next
time, we all  won't be so lucky.
So we get hit with another few Tb/sec attack. So what. Right now, traffic shouldn't
even appear on the radar for most NSPs insofar as things to worry about. In fact, I'd go so far to say that too much traffic is a problem most NSPs are "dying" to have, if I may be permitted a small bon-mot. Big NSPs got the big routers and the big pipes. The problem that most people really need to worry about are things that target the routers themselves. Those tend to fall over at the slightest provocation.

It won't happen this time, but the next time, we may not be so lucky.
As Chuck D would say

Troubles, not me, I don't mean to cause
But you took one look and began to pause
Didn't holler at the dollar we willin' to spend
But you took one look and wouldn't let our ass in


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